Writing to Imagine Ourselves: A Poetry Workshop
“I rhyme / to see myself, to set the darkness echoing.” –Seamus Heaney, “Personal Helicon”
So much of writing poetry is a discovery and honoring of the self. When we are attentive and when we courageously listen to the spirit of our moment, we find the language that reveals who we are, how we imaginatively respond to the world around us, and give voice to our personal joys and collective crises. The poem emerges as a testament of our existence. This generative workshop invites participants to write new poems based on exercises and guided discussions meant to explore ways we can open a door into ourselves and celebrate what is found there. All levels of writers are welcomed.
Major Jackson is author of five volumes of poetry, most recently, The Absurd Man. His edited volumes include Renga for Obama and Best American Poetry 2019. His poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and the New York Times. He teaches at the University of Vermont and is the recipient of honors from The Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Whiting Foundation. He serves as poetry editor of the Harvard Review.